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Documents Unveil Disturbing Ties Between Doctors and Vaginal Mesh Manufacturers
Ennis & Ennis reports that discovery in the vaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending in the MDL No. 2327 has revealed some disturbing relationships between pelvic mesh manufacturers and certain physicians.
According to the Wall Street Journal, an ethical concern may exist concerning the relationship between Johnson & Johnson (the parent company of Ethicon) and Dr. Vincent Lucente. The urogynocologist earned over $800,000 as a paid consultant for Ethicon over a ten-year period. In 2007, Pelvic Organ Prolapse was treated with traditional surgery, but new vaginal mesh products were being promoted as a superior method to repair the condition. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Discovery in the Ethicon mesh litigation unveiled internal documents that Dr. Lucente as a paid consultant for Ethicon and J&J, strongly lobbied the ACOG to delete the term “experimental”
Although J&J denies its involvement, court documents suggest that Dr. Lucente was acting on behalf of Ethicon and J&J. Dr. Lucente wrote,” Note, no further use of the word experimental!
As this unsettling news is brought to light, the New England Journal of Medicine is set to challenge a subpoena concerning their testimony regarding J&J’s attempt to alter published research on pelvic mesh surgery. Ennis and Ennis, P.A. continues to report all developments as they occur in the transvaginal mesh litigation and offers free, nationwide, confidential consultations to anyone who was injured by a transvaginal mesh device. Such devices include Ethicon’s’